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By Kristin Englehart, Girls DOC
We, as a club, believe soccer is a perfect medium through which we can teach life skills to our players. We are committed to coaching the “whole” soccer athlete and doing everything we can to insure our athletes are successful on and off the soccer field. As coaches, we find ways to incorporate these life lessons into our trainings, camps and clinics. I am confident that our players have already learned a great deal about work ethic and teamwork this season by actively participating in their team training sessions.
This fall we will begin doing video interviews of some of our players. Please look for these videos on our Facebook page and website. Essentially, we will be interviewing players immediately after training sessions and games.
Some perfect opportunities for these interviews could be winning the “big” game, earning comeback victories, scoring a first-ever goal, enduring a demanding training session, preparing for State Cup or other big tournaments, earning a shutout, etc. I dare to say the most important and interesting interviews may come after tough losses and moments of defeat.
Our club coaches will be conducting the interviews. We will only do one-take videos and we will not edit the videos. It is our hope that these video interviews will help our players with public speaking, leadership, self-confidence and more. At our fall club kickoff event, David Huilings, author and Motivational Transition Coach, encouraged us as coaches and parents to ask our players to commit to growing and maturing through soccer. This is one great way of us doing just that.
Through these interviews we will also listen and learn more about our players and various teams. Players knowledge of the game, ability to self-evaluate, commitment to the team, passion for the sport and more, may be revealed depending on the questions that are asked of them.
Stay tuned to our social media as some of our players step up to the camera in the weeks ahead!